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AB109 and Alameda County

In 2011, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 and AB 117, commonly known as the "Public Safety Realignment Act" to help California to close the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in and out of state prisons and to reduce prison overcrowding. This historical legislation reassigned housing, supervision, and parole/probation responsibilities for many individuals from the State to local jurisdictions. Realignment also established a permanent funding stream for counties, allowing them the discretion to implement their new responsibilities.

To improve systemic response to prisoner reentry, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors adopted "Road to Re-Entry, Alameda County Adult Re-Entry Strategic Plan" on March 11, 2014. This Plan set forth the Guiding Principles:

  1. Ensure culturally appropriate strategies, including a trauma or healing informed approach,that are responsive to the individual needs of the populations they serve.
  2. Encourage systems change and improved coordination, communication, and collaborationfor systems integration, in order to provide better services to individuals and/or reducerecidivism, which is critical to the sustained success of the re-entry population.
  3. Serve populations at highest risk for recidivism through high quality assessment tools, theuse of evidence-based approaches, and individualized case plans.
  4. Assure services and treatments are based on a continuum of care from adjudication toconclusion of correctional supervision or case management.
  5. Include and consider the re-entry population, community and victims in service deliveryplanning and quality assurance - “Nothing About Us, Without Us.”
  6. Assure services and treatments are provided for individuals as seamlessly as possiblebetween institutions, and from incarceration to the community, through effective criminaljustice management.

The Themes of the Strategic Plan are:

  1. Reduce Recidivism
  2. High quality, comprehensive wrap-around services beginning at first point of contact with the criminal justice systemm, with a reintegration and reunification focus that leads to pro-social outcomes. These services include:
    • Civic/Community Engagement
    • Education
    • Family Reunification/Stability
    • Health
    • Housing
    • Social Services
    • Workforce Development & Employment
  3. Develop a Network of Well-Coordinated Systems of Services
  4. Accountability, Transparency, Fiscal and Performance Outcomes

Alameda County is currently in its fifth year of AB 109 Implementation. The Year Four Status Update on Public Safety Realignment is now available.

For more information on Realignment in Alameda County, including Community Corrections Partnership meetings and additional funding opportunities, please see Alameda County Probation Department's Realignment Page.